About Our Advanced Program

   

  The advanced program is generally for emerging artists between ages 14-22.  There are two main forms of  

  performance in this program -- Devised Theatre and Shakespeare.  In each case, we focus on collaboration,

  and create as a cohesive ensemble to develop shows that spark dialogue and have an impact on our audiences.  

  Theatre with a purpose.

 

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 2014-2015 Season


Directed by Cody Burns and Rachel Kuehnel

 

Sheltered: Our Perfect World examines the question of "what is perfect?", the 

affect of trying to achieve it, and how and why we disguise personal failures 

and flaws from ourselves, our peers, our family and the people around us.

 

December 15, 2014 - May 24, 2015

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Directed by Jordyn Divok, Shauna Thompson, Nat Zane, and Nicholas Walsh


Midnight With Envy is an exploration of our relationship to jealousy and how 

it impacts our environment.  The piece is divided into vignettes relating to our

self-esteem, physical appearance, and connection to others.  

WARNING: violence and strong language

   

December 15, 2014 - May 23, 2015

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Directed by Jewels Krauss and Nicholas Walsh

 

Orpheus and Eurydice is a modern physical theatre journey that explores 

first love, from its carefree beginnings to loss, regret, and despair. Throughout

the piece, each actor takes on both leading roles; together, they ask the 

question, "What does it mean to make a real human connection?"

 

December 16, 2014 - May 22, 2015

 

 

 

 








 
 

Directed by Matt White

 

In our adaptation of As You Like It, clowns run amok, trees can talk, and we

never fully let you forget you are watching a play.  The piece is home to

Shakespeare’s quick-witted, intelligent Rosalind, who won’t take guff from

anyone and is not afraid to risk everything to live, speak, and love freely. 

 

May 8, 2015 - May 10, 2015








 

 

  

 
Directed by Matt White, Michael Austin, and Badih Abou Chakra 


Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's most well-known tragedies, and follows

young Hamlet as he strives to avenge his recently deceased father's fate.


December 17, 2014 - December 18, 2014


 

 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 

 2013-2014 Season 

Directed by Rachel Kuehnel, Cody Burns, Katelin Theriault, and Nicholas Walsh

 

Midnight With Envy is an exploration of our relationship to jealousy, and how 

it impacts our environment.  The piece is divided into vignettes relating to our

self-esteem, physical appearance, and connection to others.

WARNING: violence and strong language.   

 

May 24, 2014 - May 25, 2014

 
 
 
 













  
 Directed by Jewels Krauss, Tanya Williams, and Nicholas Walsh

 

Youth and Other Lies examines personal identity through shame, 

consumption, and sexual abuse. It is a picture of the coercive

society we live in, the many forces that sustain it, and aims to ask the 

question, "How do we reconcile the differences between the memory and 

reality of youth."  

WARNING: sexual abuse; strong language; and, drug use.

 

December 20, 2013 - May 25, 2014

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Directed by Jewels Krauss and Nicholas Walsh

 

Orpheus and Eurydice is a modern physical theatre journey that explores 

first love, from its carefree beginnings to loss, regret, and despair. Throughout

the piece, each actor takes on both leading roles; together, they ask the 

question, "What does it mean to make a real human connection?"

 

December 20, 2013 - May 25, 2014

 

 

 












 
  
 2012-2013 Season 

Directed by Jewels Krauss, Tanya Williams, and Nicholas Walsh

 

Youth and Other Lies examines personal identity through shame, 

expectation, and sexual abuse. It is a picture of the consumerist and coercive

society we live in, the many forces that sustain it, and aims to ask the 

question, "How do we reconcile the differences between the memory and 

reality of youth."  

WARNING: sexual abuse; strong language; and, drug use.

 

June 4, 2013 - June 9, 2013 










 
 


 

Directed by Jewels Krauss and Nicholas Walsh

 

Orpheus and Eurydice is a modern physical theatre journey that explores 

first love, from its carefree beginnings to loss, regret, and despair. Throughout

the piece, each actor takes on both leading roles; together, they ask the 

question, "What does it mean to make a real human connection?"

 

December 18, 2012 - June 9, 2013

 














 
 
 

Directed by Shauna Thompson and Nicholas Walsh

 

Toys of Society is a youthful exploration of gender roles, a journey through

uncertainty, judgement, struggle, growth, and realization. Throughout, each

actor confronts their weakness in an effort to answer the question, "How do we

free ourselves from the 'boy and girl' boxes that confine us?" 

WARNING: violence and strong language.

 

December 18, 2012 - June 9, 2013














 

 

Directed by Jewels Krauss and Nicholas Walsh 

 

An original production, The Elephant Man explores the insecurities of its

twenty-five young actors through torment, misunderstanding, and 

vulnerability. In a cacophony of physicality, sound, and dialogue, the story

presents us with an opportunity for healing and change.  

 

December 18, 2012 - June 9, 2013

 






 




 

 2011-2012 Season 

Directed by Trevor Copp and Jewels Krauss

 

A meditation on Fate, Macbeth asks about the presence of dark spiritual

forces and their capacity to influence individuals and their surroundings. 

Agents, abductions, needles, and men and women in black: welcome to the 

Conspiracy Theory interpretation of Macbeth

 

December 5-10, 2011
















 


Directed by Reid Vanier

 

A fresh and witty take on a classic tale, this production of An Ideal Husband 

uses its primary themes of love and deceit to the extreme as characters

swap costumes and props in an energetic frenzy of comedic splendor.

 

December 8-11, 2011 

 

















 


Directed by Pam Patel

 

One of Shakespeare's earliest plays, Romeo + Juliet has become an iconic

romantic tragedy, as two young lovers fall victim to family hatred and

cruel destiny.

  

May 28-June 9, 2012




















 


Directed by Jewels Krauss and Nicholas Walsh 

 

An original production, The Elephant Man explores the insecurities of its

twenty-five young actors through torment, misunderstanding, and 

vulnerability. In a cacophony of physicality, sound, and dialogue, the story

presents us with an opportunity for healing and change.  

 

June 5-9, 2012























 2010-2011 Season

Directed by Trevor Copp
 
Forced into the Senate by his overbearing mother, the Achilles-like Coriolanus
does nothing to hide his disdain for democracy. Eventually banished by his own
people, this God of War does the only thing he knows how to do: lead his own
enemy's army to kill the very people he serves. Shakespeare's tale of extreme
betrayal is also one of his bloodiest. It is a grand-scale story of militaristic
pride, maternal influence, and knowing who's got your back.
 
December 7-12, 2010
 
Conrad Centre for Performing Arts
36 King Street West, Kitchener





 
   



















Directed by Jewels Krauss
 
As Wilder sought to make Our Town into everytown, he did more than
strip away realistic sets and props. He made his setting a universal
anywhere where things don't get in the way of ideas, where essence
doesn't get lost in detail. A mix of human-sized joys (spring, sunsets,
chocolate sodas, a simple wedding) and personal tragedies (a ruptured
appendix, alcoholism, suicide, death in childbirth), this is a play of lyrical
beauty. 
 
December 15-19, 2010
 
Fergus Grand Theatre
244 St. Andrew Street West, Fergus





 
   




















Directed by Rachel Behling
 
Pledging never to marry, the mischievous Emma Woodhouse is nevertheless
the "matchmaker of Highbury." Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has 
already received a proposal, but Emma insists she marry the eligible vicar
Mr. Elton, while, an older family friend, Mr. Knightly, warns her to give up
matchmaking. When Emma discovers Mr. Elton is more interested in her, she 
is forced to fend him off and find another suitor for Harriet. Things get even
more interesting and complicated when the mysterious Jane Fairfax and the 
charming Frank Churchill soon arrive at Highbury.
 
June 3-12, 2011 
 
Kaufman Arts Studio
132 Queen Street South, Kitchener



























Directed by Alexandra Lent
 
In Shakespeare's fantastically funny ensemble piece, lovers get intertwined,
faeries run mischief, and a group of labourers joyfully fail in their play
preparations for the Duke's wedding.
 
May 30-June 4, 2011
 
Guelph Youth Music Centre
75 Cardigan Street, Guelph


























 2009-2010 Season     
 
Directed by Nicholas Walsh
 
Bloody, chilling, and overcast with mystery, Macbeth will draw you inside
the twisted minds of theatre's most celebrated husband-and-wife
murder team.
 
December 1-8, 2009
 
Conrad Centre for Performing Arts
36 King Street West, Kitchener





 
   
























                                                                                       

 
Directed by Deb Stanson
 
Mistaken identities, romantic triangles, and drunken clowns,
Twelfth Night is about a world turned hilariously upside-down.
A family-friendly Christmas production.
 
December 9-16, 2009
 
Conrad Centre for Performing Arts
36 King Street West, Kitchener





 
   






















 
 
 
 
Directed by Andrea Kerswill
 
Part murder mystery, part ghost story, part love story,
Hamlet explores family loyalty, revenge, and the conquest
of integrity over animosity.
 
May 25-June 1, 2010
 
Conrad Centre for Performing Arts
36 King Street West, Kitchener





 
   























 
 
 
Directed by Michael Downing & Pam Patel
 
Jealousy, prejudice, deceit, and betrayal drive innocent love to
tragedy. In a play that blurs racial and sexual boundaries,
Othello's insecurities lead him to inevitable rage, madness, and murder. 
 
June 1-5, 2010
 
Cambridge Arts Theatre
47 Water Street South, Cambridge






 
   























 

 
 
Directed by Trevor Copp
 
The Merchant of Venice tells a tale of two beautiful women, two opposing
cultures, and high-stakes romance. It is a theatrical feast, rich with intriguing
characters that show us how love and forgiveness can bridge the gaps
between moral ideals and their imperfect human renderings. 
 
June 3-8, 2010
 
The Registry Theatre
122 Frederick Street, Kitchener





 
   





















 
 
 
 
 
 2008-2009 Season    
 
Directed by Doran Damon Okkema
 
One of Shakespeare's earliest plays, Romeo + Juliet has become an iconic
romantic tragedy, as two young lovers fall victim to family hatred and
cruel destiny.

November 25-December 4, 2008

The Registry Theatre
122 Frederick Street, Kitchener





 
    



















 

Directed by Alan K. Sapp    
 
Shakespeare's magical last play. Prospero wants peace, Ariel wants freedom, Caliban revenge, Miranda a husband; the sailors want to sing and dance.      
 
March 3-5, 2009     
       
The Registry Theatre      
122 Frederick Street, Kitchener   


   
  
      












 
 
 
Directed by Scott Moyle
 
In Shakespeare's fantastically funny ensemble piece, lovers get intertwined,
faeries run mischief, and a group of labourers joyfully fail in their play
preparations for the Duke's wedding.

June 2-6, 2009
 
The Registry Theatre
122 Frederick Street, Kitchener
                                                                                 

   

























                     
               
 
 
 
 
 
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